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Art Center of Estes Park
Estes Valley Plein Air - 2019

“The Art of Plein Air in the Rockies"


The Art Center of Estes Park was established as a non-profit arts organization in 1987.  The Mission: to promote visual art and artists in the Estes Park area by providing a facility, support and exhibition opportunities, present opportunities for education in the visual arts; act as an advocate and partner in the community for development of the visual arts.  The event is open to any artist who paints using the plein air technique, in all fine art painting mediums.  Two jurors will select the 2019 participants after a review of digital images during the first week of April.  For more information about the Art Center go to



* Open to any artist using oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel.

* Participating artist must paint from life, on location.  Studio work is not allowed.

* Work submitted for review should reflect the best quality of your plein air painting.

If quality of art created by accepted artists is not of the same quality of images submitted, it may be cause for termination in the event.


To be considered for participation in this event, artists must submit 3 images (REQUIRED) representative of their best plein air work and pay a non-refundable $50 jury fee by the entry deadline.  Applications are processed through


1. There will be no exceptions to deadlines, specifications or rules.  Entry dates are January 2, 2019 to Sunday, April 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PST through

2.  Participants must abide by rules of the event as outlined in prospectus.

3. Three (3) plein air paintings (with event stamp) may be submitted for award competition. This may include one (1) Nocturne and/or one (1) Paint Our Town .  Paintings may not exceed 18” x 24” prior to framing.

4.  Additionally, one (1) Miniature (4 x 6) painting may be submitted for award competition.  A canvas and frame will be provided for each artist in their registration bag.

5.  One (1) additional painting may be submitted as a reserve painting that will be used to replace a painting that has sold.

6. Paintings must have event stamp and be created during the official painting period of August 10 - 21 to be eligible for awards.

7. Sales split: 50% to Art Center of Estes Park and 50% to the artist.

8. All work must be in gallery quality frames “wired” (no saw-tooth hangers) and ready for hanging. No exceptions.

9. No Gallery Wraps.

10. Arrangements for shipment of unsold work must be made with an authorized shipper at the expense of the artist.  Pick up of unsold work by the artists is allowed at a scheduled date and time.


•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received. Jurors will make the final decision on participating artists.  Notification of artist acceptance or rejection will be mailed by the second week of April, 2019.  Contract, rules and regulations will be mailed to only those accepted.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted

Selected digital images by accepted artists may be used for publicity.



By entering the event, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. The Art Center of Estes Park assumes no responsibility for the loss or damage of any artwork, for any reason, no matter what the cause. By submitting artwork to this event, you understand and agree with this statement. Insurance for any loss or damage to artwork is the sole responsibility of the participating artist.  The artist also agrees to handle the shipment and removal of unsold work as set forth in the prospectus.


All artwork selected for the show must be hand-delivered to the Art Center of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave. on Wednesday August 21 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Art identification tags must be attached to the bottom left hand corner of the back of the paintingArtists must include a copy of your completed and signed Art Inventory Form. These supplies will be provided in your registration bag.  Please complete before bringing into the Art Center.


Approximately $11,000 in cash and gift certificates will be awarded, with Southwest Art and Plein Air magazines providing for the top three awards in addition to the cash awards to be provided. 


August 10 – 24

Estes Valley Plein Air Paint Out                                          

EVPA artists paint on location within a 50-mile radius of Estes Park, including Rocky Mountain National Park.


Saturday, August 17

Estes Valley Plein Air – Family Paint Out

Families join us for this free painting event with instructor.  All levels welcome.

10 a.m. – 12 Noon, Art Center of Estes Park.


Monday, August 19

Estes Valley Plein Air – Artist’s Get Together – Nocturne Paint Out

6-10 p.m.  EVPA artists are invited to attend a get together party and then go out and paint.


Tuesday, August 20

Educational Film or Seminar with Q&A to follow

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Free – All artists and the public invited.


Wednesday, August 21


Artist Breakfast


EVPA artists are invited to attend a breakfast at the Art Center and turn in their three entries that may include 1 nocturne painting and/or 1 paint our town painting (if completed) plus 1 miniature and one reserve for a total of 5 paintings.  Breakfast – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Artwork may be turned in until 4 p.m.



Thursday, August 22

Estes Valley Plein Air – Paint our Town

EVPA artists are invited to gather at a number of suggested areas to paint our town.  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paint our town work must be turned in to the Art Center by 4 p.m.


Friday, August 23

Estes Valley Plein Air – Party

EVPA artists are invited to attend an end of the paint out party at a local restaurant 6 – 8 p.m.


Saturday, August 24

Estes Valley Plein Air Quick Draw & Auction

8:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Riverside Plaza, downtown Estes Park.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.


Saturday, August 24

Estes Valley Plein Air Gala Opening Day

Gala Reception, 5 – 8 p.m.  Awards at 6:30 p.m.  All artwork is for sale.


August 24 – September 27

Estes Valley Plein Air Sale and Exhibition

Art Center 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  daily.  All artwork is for sale.


September 28 – 29

EVPA artists pick up unsold art work

Art Center – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


September 30

Art Center delivers art work to shipper to return to artist


We are looking forward to your entry.

Kristi Elyce and Lars Sages, Co- Chairpersons




A Note from OnlineJuriedShows

Please note:  Notifications are sent through Constant Contact

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from Constant Contact, that will state the same.

1.  Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2.  Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile."  You are now in Your account!

3.  Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4.  As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show."  Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter."  The letter will then be displayed below.

5.  If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

NOTE:  Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety.  Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.

Thank you,

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